The battle against organized crime in the entertainment industry in Japan continues

Ikumi Yoshimatsu yakuza Japan entertainmentAgain the Japanese media backs down from investigating and reporting on the Yakuza‘s control over the entertainment industry in Japan despite Jake Adelstein who reported in December, 2013 at the Foreign Correspondence Club of Japan Ikumi Yoshimatsu’s case. Ikumi Yoshimatsu refused to go to work for several talent agencies linked to organized crime and she was harassed, intimidated and stalked because of her decision. She decided to go to battle against organized crime. The fact that the Yakuza controls the entertainment industry is well known and has not disappeared either since this incident with Iukumi Yoshimatsu back in 2013, in fact, the entertainment industry has come under even more control by the Yakuza.

Jake Adelestein writes for the Daily Beast and his article on how the Yakuza controls the entertainment industry is republished below. Over the years, I have observed the unbelievably poor shitty quality of Japan’s television talent (terebi tarento) and industry and am now convinced the reason for this is because of the control organized crime has over the entertainment industry. Now it appears that a Yakuza insider who wanted to do something “decent” before he dies, has come out willing to discuss how organized crime controls the entertainment industry in Japan. Is this the best that the elite rulers of Japan can provide for their youth where so many young Japanese people desire to go into the entertainment industry?

Ikumi Yoshimatsu: Miss International 2012 “The Dark Side of Japan’s Entertainment Industry”


Source: Daily Beast

The Yakuza Are Running Japan’s Hollywood

February 6, 2016

Jake Adelstein yakuzaThe Japanese mob has been trying to dominate Japan’s talent agencies for years. Now one yakuza has stepped forward to tell the story.

TOKYO — Japan’s entertainment industry is infested with organized crime and despite crackdowns on “yakuza Hollywood” nothing much seems to change. For example, last month 10 comedians from the colossal Yoshimoto Kogyo talent agency were caught up (innocently, they said) in a yakuza insurance fraud scheme involving, ahem, free massages. The scam reportedly netted over a million dollars. Who will be prosecuted remains murky. And that’s business as usual.

What is unusual is for a yakuza boss to break the code of silence and discuss how the talent agency he worked for intimidated its stars and the media, even using other yakuza to get the job done.

As reported in The Daily Beast previously, when the first Japanese woman to win the Miss International title in over five decades, Ikumi Yoshimatsu, refused to go to work for any mafia-connected talent agency, she found out that standing up for the right thing is a sure way to get knocked off your throne and be ostracized from the Japanese entertainment world.

The reign of the talent agencies is severe and oppressive—only recently did a Japanese court rule that it was unacceptable for an agency to forbid a female idol to have a boyfriend. Her agency had even sued her for daring to have a personal life.

In the Yoshimatsu case, in December 2013 she and her lawyer held a press conference at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan to explain the sequence of events that led to her filing criminal charges and a restraining order against one of Japan’s most powerful talent agency executives.

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